the staff of the Ridgewood blog
New York NY, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is taking some heat for releasing a book touting his efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19. Never mind that the state of New York lost 33,000 lives to the illness, and over a million residents have lost their jobs.
Governor Cuomo has yet to take responsibility for his weak performance in handling the crisis- specifically his negligence in forcing nursing homes to accept COVID-19 patients. At best, his victory lap is nothing short of tone deaf. At worse, the governor could be seen as cashing in on a pandemic that isn’t even over yet.
The New York Post Headline: “Gov. Cuomo Looks to Cash In With Book On Pandemic Despite NY Death Toll”
The Daily Mail: “Critics said it was shameful for him to be trying to make money from the situation when New York has been the worst-hit state by far in the nation.
The Buffalo News: “The book project by Cuomo has been getting slammed by some of his critics on the left and right, who question Cuomo personally profiting from a book about a virus that has killed 25,000 New Yorkers – more than any other state.”
The Wall Street Journal: “American Crisis: Leadership Lessons from the COVID-19 Pandemic” recounts Mr. Cuomo’s interactions with the federal government and other scenes from his response to this year’s coronavirus pandemic, which has killed more New Yorkers than residents of any other state.”
CBS News: “But to some, a book about ‘lessons’ seems, if not presumptuous, at least a bit premature. COVID cases are on the rise in a number of states, including New York.”
State Senator Gustavo Rivera (D) : “We should not be doing this right now, taking a victory lap, when we have more deaths in this state than any other state in the nation, more deaths than most countries in the world… It is obscene. It is immoral. And the governor shouldn’t do it.”